The Women's Club of Odessa

Christmas In Odessa

December 7, 2013

A Self-Guided Tour of Private Homes

& Public Buildings

Decorated for the Holidays

10:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Odessa, Delaware

49th Anniversary Year !

The first "Christmas in Odessa" was born 50 years ago as a fund raiser for the Women's Club of Odessa. Our purpose was to fund college scholarships for local high school seniors. With the help and cooperation of Odessa homeowners, we have provided scholarships to more than 100 students. In addition, we have been able to contribute to many worthwhile community groups and projects. We are proud to make these contributions to our community, and we are fortunate to have the support of the many fine people who have encouraged us through the years.

What is Christmas in Odessa?

Christmas in Odessa is a self-guided walking tour of private homes and public buildings, many dating from the 18th and 19th centuries, decorated for the holidays. In addition to the house tour, we have many special events which are included in the ticket price.

When does it take place?

Saturday, December 7, 2013 (one day only) from 10 AM to 7 PM. Because of the unique nature of the celebration there is no rain date in the event of inclement weather.

Where is it held?

Our tour takes place in historic Odessa, Delaware. Odessa is half-way between Wilmington and Dover at the intersection of Delaware Routes 13 & 299.

Click here for a map of the Odessa area.

Click here for a short history of Odessa.

Tour Hours & Ticket Prices

Tour Hours are 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

Tickets are $20.00 if purchased on the day of the Tour. Children ages 6 to 12 are $5.00, and under 6 years old are free. Ticket sales are at the Old Academy at 4th and Main Street in Odessa. The location is well marked.

Advanced Sale Tickets

Advance tickets are $15.00 and may be purchased by mail from November 1 through November 15th. If ordering by mail, send a SASE with either a personal check or money order. We cannot accept credit cards. Make checks payable to The Women's Club of Odessa. We will send tickets for all requests received by November 15th. Checks received after November 15th will be returned. Click here for the mailing address.

Tickets may also be purchased in advance at two locations:

  •     The Historic Odessa Foundation Visitors Center (the Bank) at 2nd & Main Streets in Odessa will sell advance tickets November 1st through December 6th (Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 AM to 4 PM, and on Sundays from 1 PM to 4 PM).
  •     Hatton's Watch and Repair on Main Street in Middletown will sell advance tickets November 14, 15, 16, 21 22, 23 29 &30, December 5 & 6 (Thursday through Friday from 9 AM to 5:30 PM and Saturday 9 AM through 1 PM).

The Christmas Craft & Antique Show, many of the special events, and the Fresh Greens Sale have Free Admission.

How about parking?

Parking is permitted on the town's streets: Main Street, High Street, and on the side streets that connect Main & High Streets. There is special parking for tour buses. There are no meters or parking fees!

How will I know which houses are open?

When you buy your Christmas in Odessa ticket you will receive a tour guide booklet with a map, a list of homes (with a descriptive paragraph for each house), and a complete list of special events.

Is there a place to eat?

If you need a little snack, Old Saint Paul's Church, on 506 High Street, serves free coffee, tea and cookies from 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM.

Refreshments will be available at the Odessa Fire Hall from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

St. Paul's United Methodist Church will offer a Chicken Dinner from 4 PM to 7 PM (separate ticket is required).

Names and locations of area restaurants will be available at the information booth.

Is that all?


We have a wonderful Women's Club Christmas Craft Shop in the Appoquinimink Training Center, 118 South 6th Street, Odessa from 9:30 AM until 5 PM. Parking is available at the center, enter from Route 13 South. No ticket is required.

We also sell freshly cut greens at the Barn behind the Wilson-Warner House with demonstrations on wreath making and flower arrangements using the greens. White Pine, Magnolia, and Scotch Broom greens will be available this year. No ticket is required.

The expanded Antique Shop will be in the Odessa Fire Hall on Main Street in Odessa from 9:30  AM to 5 PM. No ticket is required.

What are the "special events"?

Christmas concerts and performances by the Newark Fife and Drum Corp, First State Chorale, the First State Bell Ringers, Jeanne L. Hatton playing the historic Tracker Organ and Christmas carols sung by the St. Paul's United Methodist Choir, and a capella caroling by Vocal Exchange are some of this year's special events. The full schedule of Special Events is here.

Who sponsors Christmas in Odessa?

Christmas in Odessa is sponsored and produced by the Women's Club of Odessa, with the cooperation and support of the homeowners of Odessa.

Who do I contact for more information?


Telephone: 302-378-4900 (Leave message)
Mail: Christmas In Odessa Tickets

Women's Club of Odessa

P.O. Box 254

Odessa, Delaware 19730